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Artistic Director

Eileen J. Morris

As we celebrate our 42nd season, we are thrilled to have you
join us as we Elevate the Power of the Arts!

Our season theme reflects the stamina, the heroicness, attitude and power of how art can change and impact. This season
expresses a myriad of artistic expressions that elevate the power of our art. An engaging season full of regional premieres begins
with Trey Anthony’s ’da kink in my hair, a play with music that captures the essence and beauty of storytelling that hair stylists
and barbers share, providing life lessons layered in the roots of our community. Our holiday offering is a revival of Christmas is
Comin’ Uptown
by Phillip Rose and Peter Udell, a play loosely based on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, which tells the story
of Scrooge and his encounter with his conscience at different intervals in his life, filled with soul stirring music.

At the height of the Civil Rights Movement, two couples struggle to understand justice, love and their own responsibilities in our
Black History offering- Too Heavy for Your Pocket by Jireh Breon Holder. Delving into timely issues embedded in the community,
Freeda Peoples, deals with the relationships between deacons, trustees and the new pastor of a black church, and provides fun,
thought-provoking dialogue by New York playwright, Joyce Sylvester. Pipeline, by Dominique Morisseau, deals with what it takes to systemically and socially cultivate our community into a different frame of thinking when it comes to the school-to-prison
pipeline. Our season finale, Josephine Tonight! by Sherman Yellen, lifts the legacy of famed legendary artist, Josephine Baker as the story draws on the early life of the internationally known singer/actress who lit up the world.

This season will personally touch each of us to achieve the power of art affecting our truth, our being and pushing us to be our very best-elevated.

Thank you for joining us. Continue to support your home...The Ensemble Theatre.

BIO

Eileen J. Morris, is a director, actress and educator. She worked closely with the founder of The EnsembleTheatre, George W. Hawkins, from 1982 until his death in 1990. As artistic director, she has produced over 78 productions, which include four world premieres and 57 regional premieres.

Under her artistic leadership, The Ensemble Theatre received the 2013 Best Season Theatre Award from the Houston Press. In 2007, The Ensemble Theatre was named Best Theatre by the Houston Press and 2007 Best Showcase for African American Actors by the Ultimate Section of the Houston Chronicle. The Ensemble Theatre also presented two out of the 10 best plays named by the Houston Chronicle as the Best of Houston Theatre 2008.

Some of her Ensemble Theatre directing credits include What I Learned In Paris, Women In The Pit, Immediate Family, By The Way Meet Vera Stark, The Old Settler, Race, Broke-ology, The Nacirema Society (Giorgee Award winner for Best Production in 2013) King Hedley II, Cuttin’ Up, Lotto: Experience the Dream, Jitney, The Waiting Room, Stick Fly (named one of the top 2010 plays– Houston Chronicle), American Menu (2010 Giorgee Award winner for Best Ensemble and named one of the top 2010 plays - Houston Chronicle), Seven Guitars (Named one of the top 2009 plays - Houston Chronicle) The Man Who Saved New Orleans, Radio Golf, Ashes to Africa, Christmas is Comin’ Uptown, Sty of the Blind Pig (Giorgee Award winner for Best Production in 2008) and Blue. Her strong Pittsburgh ties are directing at New Horizon Theatre The Meeting, Do Lord Remember Me, Nothin’ But the Blues, Hi Hat Hattie, I Gotcha: The Joe Tex Story (winner of the 2010 African American Council on the Arts Award) and at a few others such as Pittsburgh Playwright’s Theatre - Radio Golf, King Hedley II, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Fences, Liftin’, and Flyin’ West at Kuntu Repertory Theatre.

Her artistic journey with the Alley Theatre includes directing it’s touring production of I, Barbara Jordan for three years and performing in Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, A Christmas Carol (for three years) and understudying several productions. She was featured in the Women In Theatre Magazine (December 2011 Issue), a conversationalist with Table Talk through the University of Houston’s 2011 Women’s Studies Department, and honored at the National Black Theatre Festival with the Larry Leon Hamlin Producer Award. She received the 2012 Missouri City Chapter of Links Inc. Our Choice Award. She is a board member, secretary and Cultural Arts Committee Chair of the Midtown Management District and a board member of the national organization, The Black Theatre Network. She is the only woman in the country that has directed eight of the August Wilson Ten Play Cycle.